I was in the Air Force for 30 years. And I always wondered where I would end up living full time when I finally retired. The last place that I was stationed was in New Mexico, and I really fell in love with the area. So, when I got out, I chose to look for apartments in Albuquerque NM while I made up my mind about whether to stay there for the rest of my life or not. I suppose I could have started thinking about that long before my last day of military service, but I had a lot of things on my plate during that last year.
My parents were getting up there in years, and they were located one state away from where I was stationed. I was really happy that I was not outside of the country at the time my dad had a heart attack. I was able to drive home on the weekends to help him and mom out. He didn’t have a major heart attack, but the point is that he did have one, and I felt it was my duty to help out when I could. I even told my parents to leave all their tough chores for the weekends so that I could show up and help them out. They really appreciated that.
I fully intended to move home, but that didn’t happen because both of my parents moved away. It broke my heart. I went home, cleared out their home, and never went back after that. I really did not want to move back there full time. So, I sold the house. This is how I ended up staying in the same station where I had been stationed. I really like it here. It is not too hold or cold. There is a lot to see and do here, and it is affordable, too.